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Whitney Young Health Receives Charitable Grant for Facility and Equipment Upgrades at Troy Health Center

TROY, NY—Whitney Young Health announced a donation from The McCarthy Charities towards major facility and equipment upgrades at its Troy Health Center.

Grant funding from The McCarthy Charities helped purchase a potentially life-saving high-tech blood pressure device and a dermascope – a diagnostic tool for skin conditions. It also allowed for the acquisition of new hygienic waiting room furniture that will accommodate more patients comfortably. Since Whitney Young’s Troy Health Center opened twelve years ago, it has been providing critical health care services for more than 4,000 patients annually.

“Providing excellent health care to vulnerable populations sometimes requires help from our friends, and we couldn’t ask for a better partner than The McCarthy Charities,” said David Shippee, President and CEO of Whitney Young Health. “This gracious gift will allow Whitney Young Health to continue to be the community resource that our patients rely on, expect and deserve. On behalf of all of our doctors, nurses, patients, and staff, Whitney Young Health extends a heartfelt thank you to The McCarthy Charities.”

The McCarthy Charities is a private family foundation and has been dedicated to improving the lives of the residents of Rensselaer County for more than 100 years. Over the years, The McCarthy Charities has generously supported Whitney Young Health’s medical and dental services at its Troy Health Center..


Since 1971, Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center (WYH) has provided primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care to some of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in Capital Region communities. Through multiple medical and dental centers, including a brand new facility in Watervliet, school-based health centers, addictions programs, a mobile health unit, and numerous outreach programs, WYH serves more than 18,000 men, women and children annually who otherwise have limited access to heath care. WYH takes its services directly to the people that need them the most. More than one-third of its patients live at or below the federal poverty level; approximately 19% do not have any health insurance; and 59% rely on Medicaid. Nearly half of its patients are children and adolescents.

WYH has been recognized three times by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home at both the Albany and Troy health centers. Additionally, WYH has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Health Care and Behavioral Health Care. For more information, please visit

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